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Five Lessons from Large Case Construction

Posted on September 6th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, Projects, Tools, Wood. 3 comments

 

My latest completed project, a cherry dining room sideboard, is one of only a few case pieces I’ve ever built. This relative giant is actually the first of two pieces on a commissioned project for a couple here in town (the second being a corner cabinet). It measures 72″L x 36″H x 18″D, it has three drawers, two sets of doors and uses frame and panel construction throughout. I also decided to skip the use of cherry plywood, and instead used re-sawn solid panels throughout the construction.

Taking on a project like this has taught me a great deal, so here are … Read More »


Seat carving with Arbortech’s TURBOplane

Posted on September 1st, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion, Projects, Tools. No Comments

Disclaimer: This post is done on behalf of one of my generous sponsors from down-under, Arbortech. The opinions and experiences using their TURBOplane contained below are my own.

Carved furniture can be a very different kind of woodworking. Free-handed removal of material is a completely new experience for me, where I’m used to cutting straight or curved lines with blades. Power carving can be like a messy version of high-speed woodworking in three dimensions.

When teaching yourself how to use any rapidly-rotating sharp tool, starting out simple is usually the best way to go when honing a new skill. This replica of David Ebner’s “Renwick Stool” … Read More »


The Equipment of Midwest Woodworking

Posted on July 29th, by Andy Brownell in Around the shop, marketing & promotion, Tools. No Comments

I’ve posted nearly 50 photos and descriptions of the equipment for sale at Midwest Woodworking. The large majority of this stuff is, well, large. And much of it is wired for 3-phase. Lots of industrial sized german equipment that is in some cases 10% of the cost of some new equipment. There are about a dozen shop carts available (the ones architects use for loft decor), as well as clamps galore and small electronic tools.

You can take a look at what you’ll find here on Pinterest:

Midwest Woodworking Equipment for Sale

If you are interested in purchasing anything, contact Frank David at … Read More »